(May 31) Calgary Jimmies ruined Red Deer's home opener rapping 17 hits to trounce the home club 12-4. Fred Cardwell fired three shutout innings to start the game, but the Jimmies bats came alive when Don Pasutto took over in the 4th. Calgary scored a pair in the 4th, five in the 5th and three in the 6th en route to the easy win. Al Price led the attack with four hits and Rich Givens added three. Ron Johnston and John Self (left) belted homers for the winners, Hal Harris had one for the Generals. Ron Peterson went six innings for the win.
Peterson (W 1-0), Jeffries (7) and Price
Cardwell, Pasutto (L 0-1), Kelly (6), Duncan (9) and Ledbetter
(June 3) Red Deer Generals took a 5-0 lead after six innings and held on for a 5-4 decision over the Calgary Jimmies. Brad Kelly coasted into the 7th with a one-hitter but gave up four hits as the Jims plated three runs. They added another in the 8th on a fielder's choice and two errors. Colin Trevors had a solo homer for the Generals. Tom Candiotti (left) went the distance for Calgary.
Kelly (W 1-0) and Ledbetter, Harris (4)
Candiotti (L 0-1) and Price
A four-run 4th inning helped Barrhead Cardinals to a 6-2 win over Edmonton Tigers. Keith Van de Keere held the Tigers to six hits in registering the pitching win. Orv Franchuk of the Tigers had the lone homer.
Brown (L 0-1), Erasmus (6) and McDonald
Van de Keere (W 1-0) and Teahen
(June 5) Ron Peterson fired a four-hitter as Calgary Jimmies dumped the Edmonton Tigers 5-1. Gary Randall took the loss, also allowing just four hits.
Peterson (W 2-0) and Price
Randall (L 0-2) and Franchuk
(June 6) Six hits, two walks and an error provided Red Deer with nine, first inning, runs and the Generals embarrassed the Cardinals at Barrhead 17-4. Generals rapped 17 hits off three Cardinals' hurlers. Ken Nelson led the hit parade going four-for-five with a double and triple and drove in four runs. Blair Hanna had three hits, one a lead-off homer in the ninth. Hal Harris added five runs batted in with a single and a double. Pete Duncan blasted a homer in the 4th. Mike Mukanic had a three-run homer for the Cards in the 8th. Bob Bridges scattered nine hits for the win.
Bridges (W 1-0) and Harris
Hendley (L 0-1), Lychak (1), Osborne (5) and Teahen
Calgary Jimmies swept a three-game series with Edmonton Tigers taking Sunday's double-header 4-2 and 14-2. Rich Givens threw a seven-hitter in the opener for the win. Ken Grove, who tripled to score a run in the 7th which sent the Jimmies ahead 2-1, singled in one of two runs in the 9th inning. John Self clouted a homer for the Jims and Tim Young belted one for Edmonton.
Givens (W 1-0) and Price
Hazell, Erasmus (L 0-1) (7) and Franchuk
Jimmies put on a 16-hit offensive in the second game to crush the Tigers 14-2. Ken Grove, who went two-for-two in the first game, had four hits in four trips, including two triples, in the nightcap. Larry Nakonechny also had four hits for Calgary and Dale Tilleman (right) ripped a three-run homer. Perry Jeffries held the Tigers to seven hits.
Jeffries (W 1-0) and Price
Anderson (L 0-1), Brown (2), Gregg (7) and Teale
(June 8) Colin Trevors' 12th inning single knocked in Blair Hanna with the winning run as Red Deer shaded Calgary 4-3. Hanna had reached on a double off the right field wall. With single runs in the first three innings, Jimmies had a 3-0 lead. Hal Harris knotted the count in the 6th with a home run with Grant Becker and Brad Kelly aboard. Sore-armed Fred Cardwell went the first nine innings, giving way to Pete Duncan who blanked the Jimmies over the last three innings to collect the win. Ron Peterson took the loss in a route-going effort.
Cardwell, Duncan (W 1-0) (10) and Harris
Peterson (L 2-1) and Johnson
(June 10) A five-run first inning set the stage for Barrhead's easy 12-5 triumph over Red Deer. Cardinals used the long ball to notch the win. Catcher Mike Teahen hit a pair of round-trippers and Mike Mukanic, John Dompier and Lorne Niven each had one. Leroy Lewis had four of Barrhead's 14 hits. Pete Duncan had a four-bagger for the Generals. Keith Van de Keere pitched seven strong frames for his second win of the season.
Kelly (L 1-1), Pasutto (5) and Harris
Van de Keere (W 2-0), Paiement (8) and Teahen
Edmonton Tigers roared back from a 7-2 deficit to down Calgary Jimmies 10-9 in 10 innings. Tom Candiotti held the Tigers to a pair of unearned runs and four hits through seven innings until the roof caved in when Edmonton began swinging in the 8th. With three runs in and two out, Calgary manager John Elick brought in Perry Jeffries to quell the uprising and he quickly got Orv Franchuk on a fly ball. But, in the 9th, the Tigers erupted for four runs to take a 9-7 lead. Tim Young started the rally with a single to left and was followed by Dick Hazell, with a single, and Sam Lovelace with a walk to load the bases. Murray Steeves drilled one through the box to score two, Gord Graves reached on an error and Terry Teale singled to plate two more. In the bottom of the frame, Bob Papworth singled in two runs to send the game into extra innings. Randy Gregg scored the winner for Edmonton, reaching on an error, advancing on a wild pitch and another bobble and coming home on a sacrifice fly. Gary Randall survived 17 Calgary hits to go the distance for the pitching win. Larry Nakoneckny (above) was the game's hitting star with five hits in six trips including a three-run homer in the 6th inning.
Randall (W 1-2) and Franchuk
Candiotti, Jeffries (L 1-1) (8) and Price
(July 12) Rich Givens rapped a bases-loaded double in the 8th inning to score three runs and give Calgary Jimmies a 6-4 win over Barrhead Cardinals. Ron "Doc" Peterson picked up the win giving up nine hits.
Peterson (W) and xxx
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(June 13) In a slugfest at Barrhead, the Cardinals gained a split of a weekend series with the Calgary Jimmies taking a 17-11 decision. Cards started fast with four runs in the first inning on four hits including a Lawrence Niven home run. Jimmies narrowed the count to 4-2 as Dale Tilleman rapped a two-run homer in the second. The lead went back and forth until Barrhead exploded with six runs in the 6th inning and another five in the 8th. Mike Teahen had the big blow, a three-run homer, and Leroy Lewis also had a circuit clout. Calgary got a pair of three-run homers from John Self and a solo shot by Rich Givens.
Givens, Jeffries (6) and xxx
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(June 17) Red Deer Generals rallied from a 7-4 deficit with three runs in the 9th to tie and a pair in the 10th to take a 9-7 decision from the Calgary Jimmies. After Ken Nelson and Pete Duncan each rapped their third hits of the game to lead off the 10th, an error on Gary Ledbetter's infield grounder allowed Nelson to score. Gens got an insurance run when Blair Hanna's fly ball was dropped in the outfield and Duncan scooted home. Fred Cardwell went all the way for his first win of the season. Southpaw Dean Moranda was impressive in his debut with the Jimmies pitching well until loading the bases in the 9th.
(Photo - Dean Moranda of the Jimmies, Calgary Herald, June 18, 1976)
Cardwell (W 1-0) and Ledbetter
Moranda, Peterson (L 3-2) (9) and Price, Johnson (10)
Edmonton's Gary Randall hurled a two-hitter in blanking Barrhead 2-0 in the first game of a double-header.
Cunningham (L 1-1), Paiement (5) and Teahen, Hollett (7)
Randall (W 2-2) and Franchuk
A 9th inning sacrifice fly by Burt Hass drove in the winning run as Barrhead earned a split of the double-bill with a 3-2 victory over Edmonton Tigers. Terry Hendley held Tigers to five hits for the win.
Hendley (W 1-2) and Teahen
Anderson, Brown (L 0-2) and Teale
(June 19) Calgary Jimmies fell behind 4-2 then roared back to dump the Edmonton Tigers 13-5. Ron Peterson tossed a six-hitter for the win, his 4th of the season. Randy Gregg of the Tigers had the only homer.
Hazell (L 0-1), Anderson (8), Gregg (8) and Brusegard
Peterson (W 4-3) and Johnson
(June 20) Calgary Jimmies scored a pair in the bottom of the 9th inning to shade Edmonton Tigers 7-6 with a 13-hit attack. Rich Givens picked up the win in relief of starter Tom Candiotti. Dale Tilleman belted his 3rd homer of the season for the Jimmies.
Randall (L 2-3) and Brusegard
Candiotti, Givens (W 2-1) (8) and Johnson
The Cardinals and Red Deer divided a double-header at Barrhead. Ray Paiement tossed a four-hitter and Lorne Niven hit an 8th inning homer, as Cards took the opener 2-1. Niven had three of Barrhead's eight hits. Marty Shepherd had a circuit blow for the Gens.
Bridges (L 1-1) and Ledbetter
Paiement (W 1-0) and Teahen
Pete Duncan crushed a pair of homers, one a three-run blast, as Red Deer earned a split of the twin-bill with a 5-4 win in the second game. Gary Picone and Terry Hendley had homers for the Cardinals. Brad Kelly collected the win, his second of the season.
Kelly (W 2-1), Bridges (7) and Ledbetter
Van de Keere (L 2-1), Osborne (4) and Teahen
(June 25) Red Deer Generals got an outstanding defensive play in the top of the 9th then scored in the bottom of the 9th on a wild throw to the plate to notch a 6-5 win over Barrhead. Grant Becker reached on a fielder's choice and stole second and third while Ken Nelson and Pete Duncan drew walks to load the bases. On Hal Harris' drive to the right side, first baseman Jim Dompier made a wild throw home on a potential double-play ball and the Gens had the winning marker. Cardinals had threatened in the top of the frame, but outfielder Colin Trevors cut down a runner at the plate.
Cunningham, Van de Keere (L 2-2) (8) and Hollett
Duncan, Pasutto (8), Duncan (W 2-0) (8) and Ledbetter
(June 28) Mike Teahen smacked a three-run homer in the first inning to send Barrhead Cardinals to a 9-3 triumph over Red Deer, in spite of being out-hit 10-8. Leroy Lewis added a homer in the 4th for the winners while Colin Trevors' three-run homer in the 7th was the lone highlight for the Generals.
Kelly (L 2-2) and Ledbetter
Hendley (W 2-2), Osborne (7) and Teahen
Calgary Jimmies rapped 16 hits on the way to a 12-8 victory over Edmonton Tigers. Dale Tilleman belted his 4th homer of the season for the Jimmies while Tim Young connected for his second for Edmonton. Dean Moranda worked seven innings for his first win of the season. Jan Anderson took the loss.
Anderson (L 0-2), Hazell (3), Randall (6), Brown (7) and Brusegard
Moranda (W 1-0), Peterson (8) and Johnson
(June 29) Gary Ledbetter moved from behind the plate to the mound and found immediate success in tossing a four-hitter as Red Deer topped Barrhead 9-2.
Paiement (L 1-1), Cunningham (4) and Niven
Ledbetter (W 1-0) and Adams
(July 3) Barrhead Cardinals jumped into a four-run lead in the first inning and breezed to a 10-6 win over the Jimmies at Calgary. Winning pitcher Keith Van de Keere had a shutout through six innings before the Jimmies got on the board with three in the 7th. Leroy Lewis had a homer for the winners. Ron Peterson took the loss.
Van de Keere (W), Osborne (8) and Teahen
Peterson (L), Jeffries (8) and Price
(July 4) Calgary Jimmies took both games of a doubleheader from Barrhead, 3-2 and 9-6. First baseman John Self (right) drove in four key runs, two with a homer in the second game. Jimmies received solid, six-hit pitching from Dean Moranda in the opener. The lefthander won his second of the season with a complete game effort. Self, who drove in a run in the 3rd, scored the winning marker in the 6th inning after a single, sacrifice, stolen base and error.
Hendley (L) and Teahen
Moranda (W 2-0) and Price
Jimmies opened the second game with a four-run first inning and coasted to the win with a 16-hit attack. The game marked the return of right-hander Ray Forgie who scattered 10 hits in going the distance for the win in spite of a homer by Cardinal's catcher Mike Teahen.
Cunningham (L), Paiement (1) and Teahen
Forgie (W 1-0) and Johnson
(July 5) John Self's three-run homer in the 3rd inning and a solo shot by winning pitcher Rich Givens in the 5th propelled the Calgary Jimmies to a 5-3 win over Red Deer. Givens went the distance with a seven-hitter.
Givens (W 3-1) and Johnson, Price (6)
Rasmussen (L 0-1), Behlen (5), Becker (9) and Ledbetter
(July 6) John Self and Dale Tilleman each had three hits, including a homer, to lead Calgary Jimmies to a 10-8 victory over Red Deer Generals who wasted an 18-hit performance. Grant Becker of the Gens went five-for-five. Ron Peterson picked up his 5th win.
Pasutto (L 0-2), Ledbetter (6) and Adams
Peterson (W 5-3), Moranda (8) and Price
Edmonton Tigers and Barrhead split a twin-bill. John Turriff doubled to knock in Tim Young in the 10th inning to give the Tigers a 2-1 triumph in the opener, the completion of a game called because of darkness June 15.
Hazel, Randall (W 3-3) and Franchuk, Brusegard (10)
Van de Keere, Osborne (L 1-1) and Teahen
The Cardinals rebounded to take the second game 9-2 behind a five-hitter by knuckle-ball artist John Osborne. Gary Randall who registered the win in the first game, took the loss in the second. Randy Gregg of the Tigers had the only homer.
Randall (L 3-4), Brown (7) and Brusegard, Franchuk (7)
Osborne (W 2-1) and Teahen
(July 8) Down 6-5 after six innings, the Red Deer Generals exploded for 14 runs in the 7th to clobber Barrhead 19-6. Gens sent 19 batters to the plate and collected 12 hits. Grant Becker, who batted three times in the inning, led off with a single and Randy Rasmussen followed with a double. An infield out scored the first run and Pete Duncan belted a long homer to give Gens an 8-6 lead. Gerry Cunningham relieved starter Ray Paiement and had one of the worst outings in AMBL history. He faced 13 batters getting just one out on a sacrifice fly while allowing four doubles, four singles, walking three and throwing a wild pitch. One error prolonged the inning. Duncan and Ken Nelson led the offensive each with four hits. Marty Shepherd, cut earlier in the week but reactivated when Gary Ledbetter suffered a season-ending elbow injury, had three hits and three runs batted in. Before the Generals awesome inning, it had been the Mike Teahen show. The Cardinals catcher had knocked in five of the six Barrhead runs with a pair of two-run homers and a run-scoring double.
Paiement (L 1-3), Cunningham (7), Hendley (7) and Teahen
Bridges, Behlen (W 1-0) (4), Becker (8) and Adams
(July 9) Third baseman Marty Maxwell made an impact in his first start with Jimmies leading Calgary to a 10-1 trouncing of the Barrhead Cardinals. The 21-year-old from Washington State University had a two-run homer and a two-run double to lead the Jimmies' 14-hit attack. Ray Forgie tossed a complete game six-hitter. The win gave Calgary a one game lead in a best-of-three series to determine the Alberta representative for the Canadian senior baseball championship. The second game is set for July 16th in Barrhead.
Van de Keere (L) and Teahen
Forgie (W) and Price
(July 14) Bob Bridges fashioned a two-hit shutout to lead Red Deer over Calgary Jimmies 3-0. Bridges fanned eight and walked only one. Ken Nelson provided the only offense Bridges would need with a homer with Al McKee aboard in the 3rd inning.
Cruess (L 0-1), Leach (7) and Price
Bridges (W 2-1) and Adams
(July 15) A five-run 6th inning helped carry Red Deer to an 11-9 decision over Barrhead in a slugfest at Great Chief Park. Generals rapped 15 hits including two-run homers by Bill Adams and Hal Harris. Leroy Lewis had a solo shot for the Cardinals. Steve Behlen (right) went six innings for the win.
Kammer, Van de Keere (L 3-3) (4), Hendley (6) and Hollett
Behlen (W 2-0), Duncan (7) and Harris, Adams (7)
Calgary Jimmies scored four runs in each of the 5th and 7th innings in a 12-4 romp over Edmonton Tigers. Don McLeod led the Jimmies with three hits. Dave Moranda allowed nine hits and survived five Calgary errors to go the distance for the victory. Tim Young had three singles for Edmonton.
Hazel, Curran (L 0-1), Brown (7) and Brusegard
Moranda (W 3-0) and Price
(July 19) Playing manager Pete Duncan drove in four runs to lead Red Deer to a 9-3 decision over Edmonton Tigers Monday. Duncan smashed three hits in four trips to the plate including a two-run homer in the 7th inning. Ken Nelson and Randy Rasmussen each contributed three hits for the Generals. Bob Bridges went seven innings for the win. Dick Hazell was the loser. (Photo - Bob Bridges in his third win of the season. The Advocate, Red Deer, July 20, 1976)
Hazell (L 0-2) and Brusegard
Bridges (W 3-1), Behlen (8) and Adams
(July 20) In the Alberta senior playoffs, Calgary Jimmies shaded Barrhead 7-6 in 12 innings to advance to a double-knockout tournament in Calgary this weekend.
The series is to determine a provincial representative for a regional final in Vancouver next month. The winner in Vancouver will participate in the Canadian senior championship in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
With the bases full and two out in the bottom of the 12th, Al Price tapped a slow grounder between the box and third and Cardinal pitcher Ray Paiement fumbled the ball as Dale Tilleman raced home with the winning marker. Barrhead had taken an early 4-2 lead thanks to four Calgary errors and some shaky hurling but the Jimmies rebounded to take a 6-4 lead going into the bottom of the 9th. With none out and the bases loaded, Calgary manager John Elick (left) pulled Ron Peterson in favour of Perry Jeffries who got a double-play with one run scoring and then gave up a single to Mike Mukanic that forced extra innings. Price led the Jimmies with three hits and three runs batted in. (Photo - Rick Johnson of the Jimmies scores on a close play at the plate. Calgary Herald, July 21, 1976))
Paiement (L) and xxx
Peterson. Jeffries (W) (9) and xxx
(July 24) Red Deer moved to just a half-game back of league-leading Calgary Saturday with a 5-0 blanking of Edmonton Tigers. John Ballinger and Tom Sharpe, both of whom returned to their California homes following the game, combined on a seven-hitter. Generals broke up what had been a tight 1-0 game with a four run explosion in the 8th inning. After consecutive singles by Al McKee, Marty Shepherd and Sharpe loaded the bases, Grant Becker knocked in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Randy Rasmussen singled in the second and a wild pitch scored another. Pete Duncan's run-scoring single to left wrapped up the Generals' offensive. Duncan, who had three of Red Deer's ten hits, came home with the Gens initial run in the 5th inning.
Randall (L 3-5), Brown (8) and Brusegard
Ballinger (W 1-0), Sharpe (6) and Adams
(July 24-25) Calgary Jimmies demolished the Edmonton A's of the Sunburst League 19-1 and 15-5 in the first two games of a best of three series to determine the Alberta representative for a regional senior baseball playoff in Vancouver. Winner of the BC-Alberta series will travel to Fredericton for the Canadian championships in August.
Dale Tilleman led the Jimmies' 17-hit onslaught in the first game with three home runs and a single good for seven runs batted in. Ron Peterson tossed a four-hitter to stymie the A's.
Peterson (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx
In the second game, Ray Forgie and John Self each drove in three runs in the 15-5 victory. Perry Jeffries handled the mound duties.
Jeffries (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx
(July 25) 17 innings of baseball produced 21 runs, 49 hits and 4 errors and the Edmonton Tigers prevailed over Red Deer, 11-10, in the marathon contest at Edmonton. Edmonton took the win when catcher Lon Brusegard singled in the 17th, advanced on a passed ball and reached home on John Turriff's one-out double. The teams were tied 8-8 at the end of regulation play. Twice in extra innings the Generals took the lead only to have the Tigers fight back to tie. Turriff had doubled in the 15th to score Ray Brown to knot the count at 10-10. Brusegard had a huge day at the plate with five hits. Turriff had three. For Red Deer, Hal Harris and Ken Nelson each had four hits. Gens' Pete Duncan was superb in a losing cause going all 17 frames on the hill and reaching base five times on two hits and three bases on balls.
Bridges (L 3-2) and Adams, Harris (12)
Hazel, Curran (W 1-1) and Brusegard
(July 27) Pete Duncan tossed a shutout, Al McKee whacked a grand slam and the Red Deer Generals blanked Calgary Jimmies 7-0. Duncan held the Jimmies to six hits and compiled 12 strikeouts in besting Dave Moranda, who allowed eight hits.
(Photo - Al McKee of Red Deer with a grand slam homer. The Advocate, Red Deer, July 28, 1976)
Moranda (L 3-1) and Givens
Duncan (W 3-0) and Harris
(July 29) Barrhead tripped up the Edmonton Tigers 7-1 with an 11-hit attack against Tigers' hurlers Garry Randall and Ray Brown. Cards used three pitchers in the victory.
Randall (L), Brown and xxx
xxx, xxx, xxx and xxx
(July 30) Shortstop Gary Pellant slammed a three-run homer to highlight a five-run 5th inning which carried Edmonton Tigers to an 8-5 victory over Red Deer Generals Friday night. The blow, which followed bunt singles by Gary Randall and Tim Young, wiped out an early 3-2 Generals' lead. Pete Duncan cracked his 10th homer of the season for Red Deer, an AMBL record. Bill Adams run-scoring single gave the Gens a 3-2 lead in the second. Al McKee's eighth inning double accounted for the other two Red Deer markers. Young led Edmonton's 11-hit attack with four hits. Adams had three for Red Deer.
Brown (W) and xxx
xxx and xxx
(July 31) Barrhead Cardinals beat Calgary Jimmies 4-3 Saturday.
xxx and xxx
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(August 3) The forgotten man, Don Pasutto, came through for the Generals Tuesday night in hurling six strong innings to help Red Deer to a 3-2 win over Edmonton Tigers. Pasutto, who had a horrible start to the season, has been out of action for almost a month. He held the Tigers to one hit through five frames before giving up a double to Tim Young and singles to John Turriff and Gary Pellant for the first Edmonton run. Tied at 1-1 into the 9th, Red Deer took the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the inning on a bases-loaded error and a passed ball. Edmonton rallied with a run in the last of the 9th but that's all they could get off reliever Grant Becker who registered the win. Dick Hazell took the tough-luck loss.
Pasutto, Becker (W 1-0) (7) and Adams
Hazell (L 0-3) and Brusegard
(August 5) Red Deer buried the Edmonton Tigers 10-0 to pull 1 1/2 games ahead of Calgary in the battle for first place in the AMBL. Generals opened quickly with two homers and three runs in the first inning. Randy Rasmussen started the onslaught with a double to right and catcher Hal Harris crushed one over the right field wall. Playing manager Pete Duncan followed with his 11th homer of the season. In the 3rd, Blair Hanna belted a three-run homer. Duncan led the hit parade with four safeties. Bob Bridges tossed a seven-hitter for the shutout.
Curran (L) and xxx
Bridges (W 4-1) and Harris
Red Deer 15 - 8
Calgary 13 - 9
Barrhead 11 - 12
Edmonton 6 - 16
Red Deer's Brad Kelly stretches for the throw as Edmonton Tigers' Doug Thompson beats out an
infield hit. The Advocate, Red Deer, August 6, 1976
(August 8) Calgary Jimmies downed Vancouver 4-2 Sunday to advance to the Canadian Senior Baseball championships. Vancouver won the opener 11-9 but Calgary rebounded to take the second game 2-1, scoring the winning run in the 9th inning. All three games were played Sunday because of rain outs.
(August 10) In the opening game of the best-of-five AMBL semi-final, Red Deer scored four times in the first inning and hung on to edge Barrhead 4-3. The first four batters to face losing pitcher Terry Hendley hit safely to ignite the big inning. Grant Becker, Randy Rasmussen and Hal Harris hit successive singles and Pete Duncan dumped one to right field to score a pair. A third run scored as Al McKee bounced out and Ken Nelson knocked in the fourth marker with a double. Barrhead got two back in the 4th as they loaded the bases on a walk to Mike Mukanic and singles to Gary Picone and Mike Teahen. Walt Mason's sac fly drove in one run and Terry Hendley's single plated another. Cardinals drew to within a run in the 9th on an error, single and wild pitch. Bob Bridges held the Cards to seven hits in earning the win.
Hendley (L) and Teahen
Bridges (W) and Adams
A Barrhead runner dives back to first as Red Deer pitcher Bob Bridges' pick-off throw to Pete
Duncan at first base just missed. The Advocate, Red Deer, August 11, 1976
(August 11) Red Deer Generals took a 4-0 lead in the first inning en route to an 8-4 victory and a 2-0 game lead in their semi-final series with Barrhead. Steve Behlen was coasting with a three-hit shutout until Mike Teahen smacked a two-out homer in the 8th innings. The Cardinals added three more off a tired Behlen in the 9th on three hits, a walk and an error before the left-hander got a double play to end the inning. Grant Becker ignited the first inning rally with a double on the first pitch of the game and Randy Rasmussen beat out a bunt. On a passed ball, Becker scored and Rasmussen moved to second. A wild pitch on a walk to Al McKee got runners at first and third and an outfield error on a long drive by Hal Harris brought in the second run. Pete Duncan knocked in two more with a single.
Paiement (L) and Teahen
Behlen (W) and Harris
(August 13) Edmonton Tigers trounced Calgary Jimmies 9-1 in the opening game of their best-of-five semi-final series. John Turriff and Doug Thomson each connected for three hits to lead the Tigers' 15-hit offensive. Gary Pellant and Randy Gregg added two hits apiece off losing pitcher Dean Moranda and reliever Perry Jeffries. Gary Randall held the Jimmies to seven hits and struck out nine to earn the win. Moranda issued five walks and fanned four in his seven innings of work.
Moranda (L), Jeffries (8) and Price
Randall (W) and Brusegard
(August 12) Red Deer at Barrhead
(August 15) Edmonton Tigers swept their semi-final series with Calgary taking both games of a double-header 13-4 and 6-5 as the Jimmies committed nine errors. Tigers exploded for five runs in the third inning of the opener and coasted to the easy victory.
Thomson (W) and xxx
Peterson (L) and xxx
Edmonton again had a big third inning, scoring four times, to take an early 5-0 lead in the second game. Jimmies closed the gap to 6-4 in the 5th inning as Dale Tilleman singled in Ray Forgie and Rich Givens, both aboard on walks and Al Price scored on a two-out single by Ron Peterson. In the 6th Rich Givens doubled home Bob Papworth to make it 6-5, but Dick Hazell fanned Al Price to end the threat and the inning. Ron Leach was saddled with the loss.
Hazell (W) and xxx
Leach (L), Forgie (7) and Price
(August 18) As a going-away present, lefty Steve Behlen turned in a solid effort as Red Deer M & K Generals downed Edmonton Tigers 9-4 in the opening game of their final series.
Behlen allowed nine hits and fanned 12 in a route-going performance in his final action of the season. Generals scored a pair in the second on back-to-back homers by Al McKee and Ken Nelson and added a pair in the 5th.
With a 4-2 lead in the 6th, Generals erupted for another four runs on six hits, three of them fly balls lost in the lights, and two Edmonton errors. Nelson paced the Generals with three hits. Doug Thomson had a four-bagger for the Tigers.
Brown (L) and Brusegard
Behlen (W) and Adams
(Red Deer's Steve Behlen made his final appearance a good one. The Advocate, Red Deer, August 19, 1976)
(August 19) Edmonton Tigers scored three in the 7th inning en route to a 5-2 win over Red Deer in the second game of the best-of-seven Alberta Major League Baseball finals Thursday.
Losing pitcher Bob Bridges coasted into the 7th with a one-hitter and a 1-0 lead. However, a walk to Gary Pellant, John Turriff's two-out double, a walk to Ray Brown and singles by Lon Brusegard and Randy Gregg resulted in three runs. Tigers added a run in the 8th and another in the 9th on Brown's home run. Gary Randall went the distance allowing six hits. Bridges gave up eight.
(Photo - Red Deer's Randy Rasmussen forces Edmonton's Ryan Taylor on the front half of a double play. The Advocate, Red Deer, August 20, 1976)
Randall (W) and Brusegard
Bridges (L) and Adams
(August 20) After Red Deer had tied the game 4-4 with three runs in the top of the 9th, Edmonton's Randy Gregg bashed a solo homer in the bottom of the inning to give the Tigers a 5-4 win and a two games to one lead in the final series. Gary Pellant went four-for-four to lead Edmonton's 12-hit attack. Doug Thomson allowed nine hits in going the distance for the win.
Duncan (L) and Adams
Thomson (W) and Brusegard
(August 21) Unleashing a 16-hit attack, Edmonton Tigers demolished Red Deer Generals 14-3 to take a commanding 3-1 game lead in the best-of-seven final series. Dave Curran went seven innings for the win. Terry Teale of the Tigers had the only homer.
Pasutto (L), McKee (6) and Harris
Curran (W), Brown (8) and Malpass
Edmonton Tigers mob winning pitcher Randy Gregg (16) who stopped Red Deer 2-1 to win the
Alberta Major League Baseball title. The Advocate, Red Deer, August 23, 1976
(August 22) Randy Gregg twirled a sparkling three-hitter to lead the underdog Edmonton Tigers to the Alberta Major Baseball League title with a 2-1 triumph over Red Deer Generals. Tigers won the final series four games to two. Only a homer by Randy Rasmussen spoiled Gregg's shutout bid. He registered eight strike outs and walked two. Losing pitcher Gorman Heimueller deserved a better fate as both runs against him were unearned. Tigers scored both runs in the 4th inning of the seven inning contest. Terry Teale reached on an error, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Doug Thomson's single. Thomson made it to second on a wild throw to the plate to try and nab Teale, stole third and scored on another infield error. Gregg also was an offensive force during the final series, going 10 for 19 in the previous five games with two doubles and two home runs.
Gregg (W) and Malpass
Heimueller (L) and Harris
The Generals had extended the series earlier in the day with an 8-6 win in the first game of the twin-bill in spite of three homers by the Tigers. Edmonton grabbed an early 5-0 lead in the second inning before Red Deer exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the second. Randy Rasmussen led the Generals with three doubles and three runs batted in. Pete Duncan clouted a homer. Terry Teale, Barney Malpass and Randy Gregg bashed homers for Edmonton. Bob Bridges went the distance for the win.
Randall (L) and Malpass
Bridges (W) and Adams